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Midlands Cultural Manifesto to help provide long-term work for musicians

Laura  Barnes
Midlands Cultural Manifesto to help provide long-term work for musicians

The Musicians’ Union (MU), along with a number of other entertainment unions, has worked with Midlands TUC to product a Culture Manifesto for the region.

The purpose of the new manifesto is to help raise the profile of culture in the Midlands, achieve a sustainable cultural economy, and provide long-term work opportunities for musicians and other associated workers.

“The West Midlands is famous as the home of Shakespeare, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Birmingham Rep, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham & Solihull Jazz Festival, as well as our fantastic museums and art galleries,” said the MU.

The manifesto contains six key principles to ensure the Midlands retains and builds upon its status as a key cultural region:
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– A Midlands film and television studio facility
– Trade union recognition and implementation of negotiated agreements as a condition of public funding
– An integrated local government policy framework to support live venues, festivals and street performers (including infrastructure, public transport, regulatory framework etc.)
– An increase in public spending on the arts in the Midlands until per capita regional arts spending is on a par with London
– Secure, properly paid, professional employment for cultural workers and arts educators
– Local control of all arts spending in the region (including Arts Council England)

You can read the full Culture Manifesto for the Midlands here.

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